By Pranav Kanade
As we near the end of the last international break before the end of the season, minds are turning back to the Premier League and the close battle between Liverpool and Manchester City for the title. As it stands Liverpool are two points clear at the top, but Manchester City have a game in hand and are still favourites to retain the trophy
Race for the Premier League title:
|Liverpool’s Fixtures||Manchester City’s Fixtures|
|Tottenham (H)||Fulham (A)|
|Southampton (A)||Cardiff (H)|
|Chelsea (H)||Crystal Palace (A)|
|Cardiff (A)||Tottenham (H)|
|Huddersfield (H)||Manchester United (A)|
|Newcastle (A)||Burnley (A)|
|Wolves (H)||Leicester (H)|
Five of Liverpool’s final seven games are against the bottom five teams in the league, whereas City only play two of the bottom five. Both teams are still to play top six sides but City seem to have the hardest on paper with a tough trip to Old Trafford still in their path.
It appears that Liverpool have the favourable run-in, which may be good news for Jurgen Klopp’s side but there are other factors which may affect their form. Bad luck with refereeing decisions and injuries can be a real decider, especially with City’s squad being better in quality than Liverpool’s. Another huge factor is how far each team progresses in the Champions League as it will mean a large number of games in a short period of time, which could benefit City more thanks to their superior squad depth.
Overall, Liverpool seem to have the favourable run-in, but City can take positives from the fact that they will go top if they win their game in hand (Cardiff (H)) and also that Liverpool have been very inconsistent recently, struggling to find their blistering form from the end of last year. It’s the closest title race we have had in years, and it’s shaping up to go down to the very last game of the season.